Bowlers Prosper On Action-Packed Opening Day
England 221 (Broad 64, Kumar 3-45, Sharma 3-66) v
Second Test, Trent Bridge, day one
Wickets tumbled on the opening day of the second Test between England and India at Trent Bridge as conditions favoured the bowlers in Nottingham.
England, who lead the four-match series 1-0 as they bid to replace India at the top of the ICC Test rankings, were bowled out for 221 and India were 24 for one in reply at stumps.
Harnessing conditions that were conducive for swing, pacers Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma all grabbed three wickets as England's batsmen - save for Stuart Broad, who hit 64 - were unable to survive and their innings lasted just 68.4 overs in all.
Abhinav Mukund was then dismissed from the first ball of India's reply but the experienced pair of Rahul Dravid (7) and VVS Laxman (13) guided the tourists to stumps with no further dramas, although James Anderson, Broad and Tim Bresnan bowled almost as well as their Indian opponents had earlier in the day.
England were quickly in trouble when Alastair Cook was trapped in front by Sharma for two and Jonathan Trott was caught at slip by Laxman as he drove at Sreesanth outside off stump having made four.
Andrew Strauss (32) and Kevin Pietersen (29) put on 50 for the second wicket to steady the ship but England were rocking again Pietersen edged Sreesanth to Raina as he tried to leave and Strauss was caught by Raina off Kumar as he drove at a full ball.
Eoin Morgan was then trapped in front by a wicked swinging delivery from Kumar and Matthew Prior edged Sreesanth to Dravid for one as England lost three wickets for three runs.
Bresnan was the next to go as he was caught by Dravid off Sharma - all of the catches coming behind the wicket - and it was left to Nottinghamshire pair Broad and Graeme Swann to try and salvage the innings once Ian Bell's fighting knock of 31 in 81 balls was also ended to a catch behind the wicket - Dhoni taking an easy catch as the batsman tried to cut Sharma.
They did exceptionally well, taking the score from 124 for eight to 197 for nine, Swann making 28 in 35 balls with three balls before he was perhaps unlucky to get some back on a rising delivery from Kumar that he fended off to be caught by Mukund.
Broad hammered nine fours, facing just 66 balls for his runs but his knock came to an end when he lofted Harbhajan Singh into the hands of Sachin Tendulkar in the deep, leaving Anderson unbeaten on six.
Mukund then slashed Anderson into the hands of Pietersen at gully but there were to be no further wickets, although some of the deliveries from England's bowlers would have undoubtedly dismissed lesser batsmen than Dravid and Laxman - highlighting the scale of the home side's task ahead of them.
Kumar was later handed a fine of 20 percent of his match fee after the day's play after he entered into a prolonged discussion with umpire Marais Erasmus following an lbw appeal against Kevin Pietersen.
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